Either Governor, or Senator.
Republican Rep. Chris Gibson of Kinderhook said Tuesday he’ll leave Congress after his current term expires and explore running for statewide office in 2018.
Gibson said in an interview he wouldn’t be able to effectively represent the 19th Congressional District while running a statewide campaign.
“If I am trying to be a statewide candidate going around 62 counties, I don’t think that in the 11 counties that comprise the district, I would be the kind of congressman they deserve,” he said.
By retiring in 2016 Gibson won’t have to worry about re-election, the NY GOP will have plenty of time to find a replacement candidate, and the Congressman will have effectively two extra years to network. Heck, it even lets him keep his term limit promise. As to whether Chris Gibson can win… well. I would say that Governor seems a somewhat easier path for Gibson that Senator, but both are reasonably within reach. A multi-term Congressman would make for a much stronger candidate than perhaps New York State is used to seeing from the NY GOP lately…